Political Radar


August 27th, 2013

The Democratic Party of Hawaii's state central committee unanimously approved a position statement on Saturday urging the state Legislature to pass a marriage equality bill in special session.

The statement follows a similar resolution from Oahu Democrats earlier this month.

Dante Carpenter, the party's chairman, was delivering the statement to lawmakers on Tuesday at the state Capitol. The party, Carpenter said in a news release, believes marriage equality is a civil right and must not be delayed any longer given the U.S. Supreme Court rulings in June that legally married gay couples are entitled to federal benefits. Same-sex and heterosexual couples in Hawaii can enter into civil unions and receive the same rights and benefits of marriage under state law, but not federal law.

State House Democrats are meeting in private caucus on Wednesday to discuss gay marriage. Gov. Neil Abercrombie is awaiting word from the House about whether there are the votes for a marriage equality bill before he decides whether to call a special session. The state Senate has the votes for a bill.

Here is the majority party's statement:

The Democratic Party of Hawaii calls upon the Legislature to pass marriage equality legislation immediately at a properly convened special session.

5 Responses to “`Immediately'”

  1. Eric Ryan:

    The Star-Advertiser's own David Shapiro disagrees. Shapiro clearly states that gay marriage is NOT a civil right and that gay rights advocates have been "building their campaign around bogus civil rights hysteria." Shapiro, for a change, is exactly right. Here's the link:


  2. Goober:

    The Divine Comedy. Dante's Inferno (again).

    No one knows if those who died, gay or straight will go
    to Heaven or Purgatory.

  3. Kolea:

    David Shapiro is being willfully misrepresented by Eric Ryan's comment. Shapiro has changed his views from when he wrote that column in 1998.

    Here is a column he wrote on January 30,2013, entitled, "“End the fuss, legislators, and make gay people equal”:



    "...over the years I kept returning to the question raised by Hawaii’s Supreme Court: What is the compelling state interest in denying equality?"

    "No such interest has ever convincingly been presented."

    "If we end 20 years of bitterness and pursue true reconciliation, 20 years from now we’ll wonder what all the fuss was about."

    Every citizen has a right to equal protection under the law, including gay people. The right to marry is a fundamental right. As such, any restriction of that right must be justified with by a "compelling state interest." As Shapiro has rightly come to understand, no such compelling interest has ever been demonstrated and the experience of other states and countries where marriage equality has been instituted shows that the fears of the opponents have been rooted in prejudice, masked as common sense.

  4. Eric Ryan:

    So, it's safe to say that David Shapiro has, in his words, joined the radical homosexual and bisexual and polygamist and transvestite campaign of "bogus civil rights hysteria." Sounds about right. Marriage equality for ALL now.

  5. Especially Incognito:

    "Oahu Democrats"?

    Seems like a Kailua resident
    wanting to live in their own county and separate from
    Oahu County. They want a "hysterectomy". Hysteria.

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